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Call for Papers – Society for Anthropological Sciences Spring 2021 Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) will be holding its annual meeting from March 23-27, 2021 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia, in conjunction with the Society for Applied Anthropology. We invite scholars from any subdiscipline of anthropology, or from allied social sciences, to submit innovative proposals for papers, posters, sessions or round-tables on any topic in anthropological science, broadly conceived.

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) promotes the scientific understanding of humanity through comparative, cognitive, empirically-grounded, and evolutionary approaches. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. Our website is located at

We encourage a wide variety of participants this year, including students, practitioners, and new members of the Society. There are a number of student prizes available for SAS members who are current undergraduate and graduate students (see Please distribute this call for papers widely to your colleagues.

Registration for the conference is coordinated through the SfAA site and includes access to all conference activities and panels. SAS allots 25-30 minutes including discussion for each oral presentation – we organize sessions with fewer presenters than SfAA normally does, which allows deeper, richer scholarly conversations to take place. Posters are also highly desirable and are welcomed by our review committee.

Registration for the conference must be done through the SfAA site at, before submitting an abstract. First, you will create an account by following the link at the top of the page (if you haven’t done so before) so that you are logged in to the system. Then you can register for the conference by clicking ‘Member Registration’. When registering, you must select ‘SAS’ under the ‘membership’ sub-menu to enjoy the early bird membership conference rate of $170 ($80 students) and to ensure that we know who is registering through SAS.

Once you have registered, you will be able to submit an individual abstract (100 words maximum) at through the SfAA online system. For sessions and roundtables, organizers must submit the proposal and list all participants, while the participants for sessions must also individually submit their abstracts. You must select ‘SAS’ under the first ‘sponsored by’ sub-menu for your abstract or proposal to be considered by our program committee rather than the general SfAA committee.

The deadline for online registration and submission of abstracts through the SfAA site is October 15, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our program committee chair: François Dengah II –

Society for Anthropological Sciences Carol R. Ember Book Prize: Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Society for Anthropological Sciences Carol R. Ember Book Prize.  This prize recognizes books whose significant theoretical, empirical, or methodological contributions to anthropology embody the mission of SAS to advance the scientific study of human societies.

Single or multi-authored books, including edited volumes, are eligible.  Submissions must have a publication date of 2019 or 2020 to be eligible for the 2020 award.  Any submitted book is ineligible for submission to future competitions.   There is no monetary award associated with the prize.

To submit your work, either one electronic copy or three hard copies must be sent to the address below.   No other materials other than the book itself will be considered. Your publisher may be willing to supply electronic or hard copies of your book for our committee’s review.  A committee consisting of the SAS elected senior board members will evaluate all submitted books.  The winner will be announced at the SAS business meeting at the 2020 AAA Raising Our Voices Event Series.   The winner will be notified in advance of the meeting.

All submissions must be received by the deadline of November 1, 2020:

Douglas Hume
Chair, SAS Book Prize Committee
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy
Northern Kentucky University
Landrum Academic Center, Room 217D
1 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099

Society for Anthropological Sciences Student Prizes: Call for Submissions

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) this fall.  These prizes are awarded for scholarly work by students that exemplifies the mission of SAS to support empirical scientific research in any area of anthropology.

To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student. You do not need to be a SAS member at the time of submission (although of course we do encourage you to join by adding us as a section on the AAA website!). You do not need to be presenting at the AAA November meetings, Raising Our Voices, to submit a paper. This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your students to submit! To be eligible for the Bernard paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/PowerPoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well.  Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated PowerPoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or PowerPoint format only please.   For co-authored contributions, the student must be the primary author and you must include a statement indicating the relative contributions of all co-authors, as well as all co-authors’ email addresses.

All submissions should be sent by email to Douglas Hume <> no later than November 1, 2020. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Douglas Hume, H. J. François Dengah II, and Ian Skoggard) and awarded at the SAS business meeting at the 2020 AAA Raising Our Voices Event Series.   The winners will be notified in advance of the meeting.

Statement in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Against Racial Discrimination in Academia

In 2018, we, the Executive Board of the Society for Anthropological Sciences, publicly expressed our commitment to ending bullying, harassment and discrimination within academia, and to assisting individuals working in precarious environments to improve their working conditions through mentoring and mutual support. Since then, conditions in academia have continued to disenfranchise scholars in historically underrepresented or marginalized groups, and the number of precarious scholars and scientists who must contend with hostile and debilitating working environments has increased. Beyond academia, however, awareness of broader societal violence and discrimination have become unavoidable. The global wave of protests and demonstrations in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have driven issues of racism and institutions of power to the foreground. George Floyd was not the first, nor even the most recent incident of an unarmed Black person dying as a result of police restraint techniques or violence. The killings are alarming and distressing. Moreover, they are not a recent phenomenon, which makes the fact that there appear to be people prepared to justify, or even deny, this violence, all the more horrifying. Many police personnel across the country have come out publicly to condemn the actions of the officers in these cases. Nevertheless, these cases of police violence illustrate how the police and other enforcement agencies are rooted in a history of racism and unequal treatment of individuals under the law. We assert they must uphold the law fairly and equitably for all people.

Scholarly societies are established, for the most part, to advance the interests of their members. We believe that it is in the interests of all members of the Society for Anthropological Sciences for us to make explicit that we expect equality and justice for all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, or physical ability. We find the conditions of racism and violence that Black people must endure intolerable and unacceptable and support the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. Too often, it seems that police officers see the public as a threat. The biases of the officers, whether conscious or unconscious, have made Black people and other people of color appear to be more of a threat. Consequently, the first response of police officers is too often aggressive and intimidating. The conditions associated with the deaths that have most recently been seen on the television and social media are not new. However, the prevalence of numerous video attestations has made the recognition of police violence unavoidable and the call to end it ubiquitous.

Against this backdrop, we disavow the use of science to further racist agendas or to promote actions that have damaged people physically, politically, economically or culturally. As advocates for scientific approaches within anthropology, we reject so-called scientific methods that have been used to promote or to prop up discriminatory and unjust political ideologies. While scientists need not always explore issues specifically with the goal of improving the human condition, we should never pursue research that aims to diminish or impoverish the conditions for some humans so that others might benefit.

Along the same lines, we urge support for colleagues who face discrimination and violence. We call for the adoption of policies that recognize the disproportionate hurdles facing some communities and that will enable diverse scholars and scientists to fully participate in our institutions. We assert and fully believe that greater diversity enriches the pursuit of knowledge and enhances the contribution that scholarship can make not only within the academy, but also throughout society as a whole.

We therefore call on all members of the Society for Anthropological Sciences to support Black Lives Matter demands for justice and security for everyone. We welcome and support scholars and scientists from diverse disciplinary traditions in order to support and promote empirically rigorous and credible scholarship. We do not believe that being a member of SAS is compatible with espousing or promoting ideologies that would deprive some people of the right to equal opportunity, security or even life. As scholars who purport to be dedicated to understanding and in many instances, preserving the many manifestations and expressions of humanity, it would be the height of hypocrisy to ignore the marginalization of any person or people.

The SAS Executive Board

Stephen Lyon – President
Murray Leaf – Past-President
Stephen Chrisomalis – President-Elect
Kevin Kelly – Treasurer
Mas Stein – Secretary
Doug Hume – Executive Board Member at Large
Francois Dengah – Executive Board Member at Large
Ian Skoggard – Executive Board Member at Large
Sarah Carson – Student Member
Summar Saad – Student Member
Nikki Henderson – Student Member-Elect
Victor de Munck – Executive Board Member at Large-Elect
Denise Knisely – Treasurer-Elect

AAA COVID-19 Emergency Grants

On behalf of the Executive Board of your Society, I want to take this opportunity to give you a very quick update on an important AAA led initiative to support scholars in need and how our Society is participating.

It is no exaggeration to say that we are living in a time of profound uncertainty and disruption. Actions that are necessary to try and control the transmission and toll of COVID-19 have resulted in serious emotional, social and economic hardship for many people. Unfortunately, as with many health and economic crises, the brunt of the suffering is felt disproportionately by those who were already in the most precarious positions within our communities. That is no less true of our scholarly communities than of the wider societies in which we live.

In response, the AAA has created an emergency grant fund to assist financially vulnerable AAA members who are self-employed, sole proprietors, or teaching part-time. Further information about the fund can be found on the AAA website: Applications are due May 10.

The SAS/SASci Executive Board met on Friday and agreed to donate $500 towards this fund. As individuals, some of us may be in a position to make additional donations, however, we all recognize that these are extraordinarily difficult times for everyone, so while we encourage everyone to help where they can, we understand entirely that it may not be possible.

Please take care and stay safe.

Steve Lyon
President of the Society for Anthropological Sciences

SAS Spring 2020 Annual Meeting – Preliminary Program

The following were culled from the SfAA’s Preliminary Program and subject to change, please check the final program at the meeting for any changes.  Also, we have many SAS members who are presenting in SfAA, PESO, SMA, and other co-sponsored events that are not listed below, these are only the SAS sponsored events.

Locating Individuals in the Space of Culture (SAS) – (TH-39) THURSDAY 10:00-11:50 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: DRESSLER, William (U Alabama)
  • HENDERSON, Nicole (U Alabama) Configurations of a Cultural Model of Substance Use in Young Adults and Patients in Treatment in Brazil
  • ARNOLD, Randy (U Alabama) Cultural Consonance in Narrative: An Example in the Transition to Retirement
  • DENGAH, Francois and FALCÃO, Ana (USU) Doing Gender in Brazil: A Nested Approach to Cultural Models of Gender Roles
  • COPELAND, Toni (U Alabama) Knowledge, Behavior, and Health in the Space of Culture among HIV-Positive Women in Kenya
  • DRESSLER, William (U Alabama) Cultural Distance and Depressive Symptoms in Urban Brazil

SAS Student Panel (SAS) – (TH-94) THURSDAY 1:30-3:20 – Alvarado D

  • CHAIR: SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U)
  • CARSON, Sarah (U Penn) Republican Feminists?: Discourse Analysis at the Intersection of Women’s Leadership and Political Orientation
  • THOMAS, Michael (Wayne State U) What’s the Point of a Point of View?: Decision Making and Developing Metrics in Human-Centered Design
  • HERNANDEZ, Rodrigo and MCCURDY, Sheryl (UT SPH Houston), JONES, Eric (UT SPH El Paso) Becoming Dispossessed: Structure and Meaning in Experiences of Material Loss During Hurricane Harvey
  • SAAD, Summar (Wayne State U) “Brain death is death”: Navigating Brain Death’s ‘Fuzzy’ Boundaries in Clinical Practice

Topics in Anthropological Science I: Cultural Models and Kinship (SAS) – (TH-129) THURSDAY 3:30-5:20 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U)
  • DE MUNCK, Victor (Vilnius U) Do Cultural Models Exist in the Mind Or Only in Publications?
  • KRONENFELD, David (UCR) Implications of Gould’s Kinterminology Analysis System

SAS Executive Meeting (Closed Meeting) – THURSDAY 5:30-7:20 – Chapel

Topics in Anthropological Science II: Culture and Behavior (SAS) – (F-01) FRIDAY 8:00-9:50 – Alvarado A

  • SKOGGARD, Ian and EMBER, Carol R. (HRAF), FELZER, Ben (Lehigh U), PITEK, Emily (HRAF) Using Climate Data to Predict Cultural Beliefs and Behavior
  • NORDIN, Andreas (U Gothenburg) The Connection between Counterintuitive Religious Dream Content, Social Use and Religiosity: Report from a Case Study in a Hindu-Nepalese Context
  • CLOAK, Ted (Independent) Neural Images in Control of Behavior, Culture, and Cultural Evolution

Training Program & Recruitment Exhibit – FRIDAY 8:30-12:00 – North Atrium

  • This exhibit is a great chance to inform students and colleagues about graduate programs, internship opportunities, field schools, and organizations that work with applied social scientists.

Examining Resilience in Disasters: Resistance, Adaptation, Transformation (SAS) – (F-31) FRIDAY 10:00-11:50 – Alvarado A

  • MURPHY, Arthur (UNCG), LUQUE, Diana A. (CIAD-Hermosillo), and JONES, Eric C. (SPH UTH) Evolution of Trust, Exchange and Support in Post-Disaster Information Networks
  • PEREGRINE, Peter Neal (Lawrence U) Social Capital and Social Resilience: Different Approaches for Different Disasters
  • OTHS, Kathryn (U Alabama) Health and Medical Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in the Northern Peruvian Andes
  • MCCABE, J. Terrence (U Colorado) Under What Conditions Do Extreme Events Become Transformative?: An Examination of the 2008/09 Drought in Northern Tanzania

Cultural Consensus Analysis (SAS Workshop, Fee $45) – (F-78) FRIDAY 12:00-5:00 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering I

  • ORGANIZERS: GATEWOOD, John B. (Lehigh U), LOWE, John W. (Cultural Analysis)

Sugar Cane Farming Community Development: Findings of the 2019 Ethnographic Field School in Belize (SAS) – (F-91) FRIDAY 1:30-3:20 – Alvarado A

  • CHAIR: HUME, Douglas (NKU)
  • ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS: HUME, Douglas (NKU), ARZU, Julia (Galen U), MYERS, Jordan (MO State U),
    STEPHENS, Jack (NKU)

Mentoring Workshop: Building Professional Networks in Anthropological Science (SAS Workshop, Fee
$20) – (F-109) FRIDAY 2:30-5:30 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering II

  • ORGANIZER: CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne State U)

SAS Reception (EVERYONE WELCOME!!!) – FRIDAY 5:30-6:50 – Alvarado A

SAS Business Meeting  (EVERYONE WELCOME!!!) – FRIDAY 7:00-9:00 – Alvarado A

Topics in Anthropological Science III: Cooperation, Refugees, and Politics (SAS) – (S-09) SATURDAY 8:00-9:50 – Chapel

  • CHAIR: LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U)
  • LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U) Navigating Cultural Politics in Modern Pakistan
  • JOHNSON, Jeffrey and SCHON, Justin (UFL) Classifying Refugee Flows: Towards a Macro Level Theory of Refugee Flow Networks
  • QIRKO, Hector (College of Charleston) The Role of Culture in Human Cooperation

Ethnographic Field and Data Analysis Methods: One-on-one Mentoring (SAS) – (S-39) SATURDAY 10:00-11:50 – Chaco Hotel – Gathering II – New Location!

  • Materials (manuscripts, video tutorials, etc.) may be found here!
  • CHAIRS: HUME, Douglas (NKU), CARSON, Sarah (U Penn)
    (U Texas), LEAF, Murray (UT-Dallas), CHRISOMALIS, Stephen (Wayne State U), LYON, Stephen (Aga Khan U),
    OTHS, Kathryn (U Alabama), LOWE, John (Cultural Analysis), GATEWOOD, John B. (Lehigh U)


H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize and Travel Awards – 2020 Spring SAS Meetings

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) invites contributions for the H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize ($500.00) and two Travel Awards ($300.00 each) for students presenting material at the upcoming Society of Anthropological Sciences (SASci) Spring Meeting at the Society for Applied Anthropology 80th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020. To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time your abstract was accepted, and you must be presenting your paper/poster at the upcoming meetings in a SASci, SfAA, or co-sponsor session).

This is an important professional credential on your CV, as well as providing financial support for your scholarly work. SAS professional members: please encourage your eligible students to submit!

To be eligible for the paper prize, submit a full paper manuscript only (no posters/powerpoints). Submissions for the paper prize will automatically be considered for the travel awards as well. Students submitting for the travel awards may submit a paper, completed poster, or annotated Powerpoint presentation. Submissions in Word, PDF, or Powerpoint format only please.

All submissions should be sent by email to Douglas Hume <> no later than Monday, March 9. Awards will be adjudicated by the fall meeting prize committee (Douglas Hume, H. J. François Dengah II, and Ian Skoggard) and awarded at the SAS Business Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

Recruitment drive: Invite your students!

Within the Society for Anthropological Sciences, we particularly hope to cultivate the careers of students from the undergraduate level through to doctoral studies, and beyond, to postdocs and into careers as academic and practicing anthropologists. As a college teacher myself, I know how much my students depend on mentorship for building their first and critical social networks as they professionalize within the discipline.

That’s why I’m writing to you today to invite you to recommend to your undergraduate and graduate students to add SAS as a section to their AAA student membership.   Many of your students may not know of SAS – have you ever talked to them about it?  They probably aren’t on this email list.  They may or may not know about our Facebook page or our Twitter account (@AnthroSciences).   They may never have seen our website (

For them to add a section, they go to and then click ‘Login’ at the top, entering the email and password for their account.  Then they click on ‘Add Section Membership’ at the left, then check the Society for Anthropological Sciences box on the sections list that follows.  They follow the links, enter payment information, etc. They can also renew their AAA or other section memberships at the same time.   And that’s it! 

Membership in SAS is only $10 yearly, and for students, this makes them eligible not only to participate in our additional spring meeting (held in conjunction with SfAA) but also for our H. Russell Bernard student paper prizes and SAS travel awards. Within the past three years, we have held a number of professional workshops of high relevance for students designing projects, seeking to advance their careers, or learn relevant methods not accessible at their home institutions.  And our mentor-matching program allows students and early-career researchers to meet and network with senior mentors outside their home institution.

The 2020 AAA meetings coming up in St. Louis are a great opportunity for this sort of participation. Your students are strongly encouraged to submit papers and posters either individually or as part of an organized panel, with SAS as the review section. In the past two years all papers submitted for SAS review have been accepted.

Our goal is to recruit 20 new student members this month. Can you help us?

If your students would like more information about SAS from the student perspective, I strongly encourage them to contact one of our two student board members for more information:

Sarah Carson

Summar Saad

Also you can recommend that they follow us on Twitter @AnthroSciences.  And, of course, if you or your students have any questions, feel free to contact me at

2019 Annual Meeting Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Book Prize Co-winner “Culture and the Individual: Theory and Method of Cultural Consonance” (Routledge, 2018) by William Dressler

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Book Prize Co-winner “Romantic Love in America: Cultural Models of Gay, Straight, and Polyamorous Relationships” (Lexington, 2019) by Victor De Munck

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Fall Meeting H. Russell Bernard Graduate Student Paper Prize: Kayla Hurd, University of Notre Dame, “Consuming Patterns: A Dietary Analysis of Human-insect Relations”

Congratulations to the 2019 Society for Anthropological Sciences Fall Meeting Travel Award: Nicole Henderson, University of Alabama, “Moving Beyond Consensus: The Importance of Variation”

Congratulations and many thanks to Murray Leaf for his many years of service to the Society for Anthropological Sciences! Note, he is just ending his service as acting president; he will still be serving as past president for the next two years!